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Q. Doesn't want another broken wrist.

My son has broken his wrist twice. Both times he was doing a "jump" and lost his balance. So --- we are certainly looking for a way to prevent this from happening again! --- But, if it would chance upper arm or shoulder injury ... don't know which would be worse!  (He's a golfer in the Spring/Summer!) So --- advice is needed!!!
Thank you for your time!
Pam (and son)

Chickie Rosenberg answers:

Broken wrists are no fun.  I suggest wearing knee pads.  How will that help out the wrist?  If you know that your knees are padded then you will drop to your knees for that crash landing instead of reaching out with your wrist to break the fall.  It takes a little while to create the reaction, but after a while it becomes automatic.  

Lauren Traub Teton, Editor chimes in:

I agree with Chickie, I strongly recommend good in-line skate knee pads too, and I wear them every time out, and have since my first year.

Also, there is a new elastic integrated snowboard glove and wrist guard on the American market that was designed by a French ER doctor experienced in snowboard injuries. It is the only one that has been proven by research to reduce snowboard broken wrists by 60% or more.
Read about the Flexmeter Guards and Gloves, and more about Snowboard Safety here:
http://www.snowboardsecrets.com/flexmetr.htm
and
http://www.snowboardsecrets.com/secrets.htm

Jeremy King answers:

I've had a couple of kids break wrists on me while I was teaching them.. its an unfortunate injury, but happens on the regular.. a trick for that is roller blade wrist guards...
Burton also makes the Impact glove (the company that it is listed under is called RED) and that glove/mitt comes fully equipped with wrist guards in them.. a very practical idea, 'specially for constant broken wrists...

Gavin Ehringer  answers:

Buy your son some good wrist guards. Also, he needs to learn to fall. You want to fall with your arms up like you're holding a beach ball to your chest. The hands should be balled up into fists, not open. Tuck and roll rather than trying to break the fall with the arms.

 

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